Wightwith is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wightwith family lived in Durham
, at Whitworth
Early Origins of the Wightwith family
The surname Wightwith was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, in 1066.
Early History of the Wightwith family
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Wightwith Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wightwith were recorded, including Witworth, Whitworth and others.
Early Notables of the Wightwith family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wightwith family to Ireland
Some of the Wightwith family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wightwith family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Wightwith arrived in North America very early: Alice Whitworth and her husband who settled in New England
in 1775; Joshua Whitworth settled in Philadelphia in 1859; Sarah Whitworth arrived in New York in 1823..
The Wightwith Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.